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We're off on the mantrain to florence

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We're off on the mantrain to florence

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medallion (venice 2005)
In Florence. Long train ride, in which almost everything that could've gone wrong went wrong, up to and including LOSING A BAG. A BAG WITH EVERYONE'S GODDAMNED SOUVENIRS IN IT. Bah. Dammit. I am going to pray that the nice people at the train station are able to retrieve it.

Outside of that, Florence is nice. Though hot. the 'mantrain' thing comes from the fact that the train we got on to go to Florence was crowded with faggy boys. LOTS of them. It was totally surreal.
  • can' wait to see the pictures of hot boy on mantrains!

    sooo jealous. lol!
  • are the trains nice? i am going to take one to venice :) i have heard the transit system in Rome is a bit dodgey...
    any good eats yet? i would love to hear about the food :)
    • The trains are essentially okay- budget additional time for getting around in a station, if you have to do a connection, though: that lack of time is why I lost my bag.
      The food is INCREDIBLE. I have not eaten so well in ages. In venice, try the pasta in black sauce: it's squid ink, there are chunks of calimari in it, and it is delightfully good stuff.

      Also, give up on your diet beforehand, if you are on one.

      • diet..nope not me :) one of the blessings bestowed on me by my fairy godmother is a high metabolism. I am a vegetarian though.

        Are you hitting Rome at all ?

        What wines are your favourites thus far ?

        just call me a shiny little brain picker
    • The trains are great in Italy.

      In some train stations, panhandlers will try to get you to let them carry your bag to the train, then demand a tip. "Non mi dispiace", IIRC, means "don't bother me."

      Make sure you're getting on the right train. In the bigger stations, you may have a choice of a local, an express, or maybe even the Eurostar Italia. It sucks to pay for the express and then get on the local, at least, if you want to get someplace fast. BTDT in more than one country.
      • Thanks for chiming in less pessimistically. I was really deeply bummed out when I was commenting earlier, it's good that someone else can chime in and point out that I am not, in fact, in purgatory. :)
        • What can I say, I have some fond memories of seeing the countryside while stopping at every one-church village between cities!
          • If they have the bag in Bologna, I may well take the train out there this evening and grab it and head back.
            I can hope.
            That was an €130 bottle of chartreuse.
      • thank you fellow seattleite :)
        i shall remember that phrase... and make sure i have heaps of time. I am so very excited about this trip... i have heard nothing but good things about Italy so far
        • I went there in 2000, and once I don't have to deal with a toddler or infant, I'm dragging my family back there. It was awesome.
  • Maybe it's Gay Day on the Florence train, or something?

    So sorry about the lost bag; that's always frustrating. Hopefully the rest of Florence will be charming to make up for the train stations.
    • I found something that screamed TAKE ME HOME TO ANNE.

      It was in that bag.
      As was every fucking other fucknig souvenir.

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